India, United Arab Emirates to boost relations, come together to work in Africa

NEW DELHI: India and the United Arab Emirates agreed to work together in third countries, particularly in Africa , in what points to a deeper relationship that has been managed by PM Narendra Modi .

The discussions between Modi and the UAE Foreign Minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan He saw the Indian leader commit to take ties to new heights. Al Nahyan, who arrived here on Sunday, held talks with S Jaishankar on Monday.

Al Nahyan's visit comes just after Modi's new government has taken office. The United Arab Emirates has grown to become a close ally of India in the Gulf and, together with Saudi Arabia It has been a breakthrough for Indian diplomacy.

With increasing defence and security relations India and UAE may find avenues for greater cooperation in the current situation. With India having to turn off the tap for Iranian oil, UAE and Saudi Arabia have been increasing oil supplies to India. Increasingly, Indian warships are patrolling the Gulf of Oman and Strait of Hormuz to provide security to Indian ships. Al Nahyan would have also briefed the Indian government about the UAE’s withdrawal from the war in Yemen, which has caused them enormous reputational damage.

According to an official readout, the two foreign ministers discussed bilateral and regional matters. The two countries “agreed to build on these growing strategic links as well as further their trilateral cooperation initiatives, especially in Africa .”

Modi told the UAE minister that India and the United Arab Emirates will work together in trade and economy, energy, tourism and contacts between people and people.

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